December 12th, 2014


The group says goodbye to Prof. Jackie Winter, who will start as an Assistant Professor at University of Utah.  Good luck Jackie!  We will miss you and stay warm!


We also welcome our newest members of the lab.  Four new graduate students, John, Nick, Yan and Leibniz, as well as new postdoc Shushan Gao from Bristol University. Welcome to UCLA and the Tang Lab!


May 15th and May 21st, 2014


Both Angelica and Muxun successfully defended their theses!  Congratulations Drs. Zs.!



May 18th, 2014


Congratulations to Youcai Hu for his paper on enzymatic carbonate formation in Nature Chemical Biology. Link



May 13th, 2014


News release on the Protein Engineering paper in Nature Chemical Biology.






May 9th, 2014


The Lab says goodbye to Dr. Nidhi Tibrewal, good luck Nidhi!



April 15th, 2014


Our collaborative work with Prof. Houk, Prof. Yeates, and Codexis, led by superhuman Gonzalo Jimenez-Oses from Houk lab, on Mapping the Structure and Dynamics of Protein Evolution (supported by NIGMS) appeared in Nature Chemical Biology. LINK


March 30th, 2014


The group says a reluctant goodbye to Lene Petersen, who returned to Denmark to finish her Ph.D.  Good luck Lene and keep in touch!



March 10th, 2014


Professor Yi Tang has been awarded the 2014 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry by the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry. LINK



March 1st, 2014


Former member Dr. Zhen Gu, now Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University returned to campus to give his invited lecture in Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Among his research accomplishments is the recently accepted paper in Nature Communications that described the delivery of anti-cancer drugs using cellular ATP levels as trigger. Congratulations Zhen!  See his paper here.



February 1st 2014


The group welcomes three new members to the lab. Dr. Yi Zou and Dr. Mancheng Tang are new postdoctoral scholars.  Prof. Zhajun Zhan is a new visiting professor from Zhejiang Technology University.  All three bring significant expertise in biosynthesis and natural products. 


January 15th 2014


The group says goodbye to Dr. Wenbing Yin, who returned to China to become a professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Microbiology in Beijing.  Good luck Wenbing!


November 10th, 2013


The group welcomes new graduate student Diego Gavia in joining the lab.  Diego is a first year student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


October 11th, 2013


The group has a wonderful party to welcome new students, Carly and Anthony, new visiting student Lene, and wish happy birthday to Jackie!



June 5th, 2011


The group sends away Hui, Lauren, Qian and Leo with a beach party at Marina Del Ray.  Xinkai came back to get some free BBQ after showing off his rusty basketball skills.  Good luck to all the alumni and keep in touch! 


December 3rd, 2010


The group says goodbye to Dr. Zhen Gu.  Zhen will begin his postdoc training at Prof. Bob Langer’s lab at MIT.  Good luck Cathy and Zhen!  We will miss you!


August 6th, 2010


Finished the SIM Meeting at SF and the PKS-NRPS Meeting at Tahoe

Prof. Tang was awarded the Society for Industrial Microbiology Young Investigator award.

Lauren gave a great lecture in the student oral session.  Even better, she was awarded the best poster award in the Natural Products Poster Session!

Yanran, KJ and Yit Heng also gave great posters at the meeting.

Pictures of the meeting will come soon!


Wei delivered an insightful lecture on fungal PKS-NRPS systems at Lake Tahoe. 


August 1st, 2010


Zhen Gu’s paper: “Enzyme-Assisted Photolithography for Spatial Functionalization of Hydrogels.” Lab on Chip 2010, 10, 1946-1951.  was featured on the cover of August issue of Lab on a Chip!  Congratulations!

Zhen also received excellent news of postdoc offer from MIT, congratulations again!


May 27th, 2010


A good day for much good news!  

Prof Tang received the official statement that he has been promoted to full professor.

Both Lauren and Hui received the UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship!

Yit Heng’s paper finally appeared in Chemistry and Biology!

And it’s only 10 AM!


May 17th, 2010


We are moving!!  To the 7th floor at last!


May 15th, 2010


Prof. Tang receives the Society of Industrial Microbiology Young Investigator Award.


October 23rd, 2009


Suzanne Ma’s paper on LovB reconstitution appears in Science. Link



June, 2009


Prof. Tang received the Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications at the 2009 Annual AIChE Meeting in Nashville.  The Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications by Young Member of the Institute is presented to a member of AIChE for significant contributions to chemical engineering through publications.


May 30th, 2009:


The group says goodbye to Wenjun Zhang and Suzanne Ma!  The first two Ph.D. students to graduate from the lab. Wenjun will be a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Chris Walsh, and starting 2011, will be an assistant professor at the Chemical Engineering Department at University of California, Berkeley.  Suzanne will pursue interests in Industrial Biotechnology. Good luck to both Suzanne and Wenjun!  We will miss you!


April 9th, 2009:


First year graduate student Anuradha Biswas received the NSF graduate fellowship.  Congratulations!


February 17th, 2009:


Prof. Tang received the 2009 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (Link).


December 30th, 2008


In a study published in the December 30th issue of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences U. S. A., the Tang group engineered Escherichia coli to synthesize a family of compounds that consists of frontline antibiotics and anticancer drugs.


PNAS paper

UCLA Media Release

SciBX Feature


November 21, 2008:


The Tang group has 5 oral and 2 poster presentations at 2008 AIChE Meeting (Link).


July 1, 2008:


Prof. Tang has been promoted to Associate Professor at UCLA CBE Department.


May 1, 2008:


Prof. Tang was awarded the Camile Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award



November 1st 2007:


Prof. Tang was awarded the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE).  Established in 1996, PECASE represents the highest honor that any young scientist or engineer can receive in the United States.


UCLA School of Engineering News Release

National Science Foundation News Release

White House Press Release



October 20th 2007:


Prof. Tang was awarded the 2007 David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. 


David and Lucile Packard Foundation News Release.